The Infill Design Toolkit: A Guide to Integrating Infill Development into Portland’s Neighborhoods

Description: This guide serves as a resource for community members—builders, designers, neighbors and others—all who are involved in designing, building, or participating in dialogue about the new development that continues to shape the form of Portland’s neighborhoods. The various components of this guide serve as problem-solving tools, highlighting strategies for achieving context-sensitive design in infill development and ways of overcoming some of the unique design challenges of development on small sites. The toolkit focuses on medium-density residential development (such as rowhouses, plexes, courtyard housing, and low-rise multifamily development) in established neighborhood areas. The Infill Design Toolkit is composed of sections on:

  • Strategies – highlighting “best practices” for integrating new development into neighborhood patterns and showing how to identify these patterns.
  • Prototypes – illustrating “approvable” housing types and configurations that are suitable for common infill situations, meet City regulations and design objectives, and are market feasible.
  • Technical Pages – providing more detailed, technical information on strategies that can contribute toward contextually-appropriate infill design. Includes pieces on structured parking and on transportation and emergency access requirements relevant to site design.
  • Project Profiles – providing information on completed projects with design features that contribute to meeting the community’s design objectives. The profiles are followed by examples of historic Portland housing and international precedents.
  • Neighborhood Design Policies – a compilation of policies and other design guidance from Portland’s adopted neighborhood and community plans.

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Source:
City of Portland (Oregon) Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Date: 2008
Format: Website

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